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WW Book Club for August 6 — August 12, 2023: 7 Reads You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

A too-cute rom-com, a light-hearted whodunit, an eerie thriller and a delicious cookbook—we've got you covered!

Welcome, fellow literature lovers, to the sixth week of the Woman’s World — also known as ‘WW’ — book club!

As you know, every week our book editors will introduce you to seven brand-new page-turners that are just right for women over 45. We hope you will find a few jewels that are a perfect addition to your reading lists, your book club line-ups and/or your nightstand pile.

From heartfelt family sagas to swoon-worthy romantic comedies to laugh-out-loud whodunits to delicious and easy cookbooks, no matter what kind of bookish mood you’re in, we’ve got what you crave.

And there’s one thing we can guarantee: these reads are curated especially to lift your mood, lower your stress and make you feel great.

Here, our round-up for August 6 – August 12 — let us know which ones you end up reading and what you think. We love hearing from you!

In the mood for a quirky whodunit?

Dive into Murder in the Book Lover’s Loft by Ellery Adams

Bestselling author Ellery Adams returns with another intriguingly eerie installment in her Book Retreat Mystery series. Jane Steward, who is a manager of book-themed resort Storyton Hall, takes a vacation with her fiancé, Edwin, to relax, but before long, chaos ensues. They stumble upon a dead body and Jane uncovers secrets that threaten Storyton—unless she can stop the killer quickly!

Book cover for Murder in the Book Lover’s Loft by Ellery Adams

Need a little laughter?

Try Someone Just Like You by Meredith Schorr

With slow-burn chemistry and tender moments, this funny rom-com follows New Yorker Molly Blum and her lifelong nemesis Jude Stark. After many years of feuds and pranks as neighbors, Molly and Jude are not on speaking terms. Now, a decade later, their families force them to reunite once again for a special occasion. Despite their reluctance, an unexpected spark develops. Is it true that opposites may attract after all?

Book cover for Someone Just Like You by Meredith Schorr

Want to relax with a feel-good saga?

Pick up Banyan Moon by Thao Thai

This sweeping, evocative debut novel follows the heartfelt family dynamics of three generations of Vietnamese American women. When Ann Tran’s beloved grandmother Minh passes away, she returns home to face her mother, Huong. While there, they learn Minh left them the Banyan House, the manor that was Ann’s childhood home. As the past interweaves with the present, Ann and Huong try to rebuild their relationship.

Book cover for Banyan Moon by Thao Thai

Searching for a swoon-worthy romance?

Get swept up in The Hollywood Jinx by Sariah Wilson

Bestselling author Sariah Wilson is known for her fun and flirty tales, and her latest follows suit. When temporary librarian and aspiring film-score composer Jane Wagner takes it upon herself to give her small town a financial boost with a tourist surge by inviting movie star Nick Haddon to the town’s harvest festival. She never thought he’d actually accept the invite. Now, serving as his guide of the town for two weeks, Jane spends a lot of time with Nick—and despite keeping her guard up against men, sparks fly between them.

Book cover for The Hollywood Jinx by Sariah Wilson

Craving an eerie thriller?

Crack open I Did It For You by Amy Engel

A heart-racing page-turner unfolds when a killing takes place in a small Kansas town that is a copycat of the way Greer Dunning’s older sister, Eliza was murdered just fourteen years ago. Convinced that there is more to the story, Greer returns home after a decade away to find answers to the questions that have haunted her for years. Soon, Greer finds herself in grave danger and the whole town becomes a suspect.

Book cover for  I Did It For You by Amy Engel WW book club

Want to spice up your meal prep?

Find delicious tips in One-Pot Mediterranean by Samantha Ferraro

In her new cookbook, Samantha Ferraro, creator of the popular food blog Little Ferraro Kitchen, offers a simply divine, good-for-you collection of recipes that only require one pot! These Dutch oven dishes layer loads of Mediterranean flavor, with a bonus chapter for crisp salads to round out your meals. From Lemony Za’atar Chicken and Potatoes to Turmeric-Braised Short Ribs to Greek-Inspired Shrimp, she offers a culinary tour of Spain, Italy and Morocco in the most nutritious-delicious way!

Book cover for One-Pot Mediterranean by Samantha Ferraro WW Book club

Looking for a sweet escape?

Jump into The Runaway Bride of Blossom Branch by Janice Maynard

Beloved bestselling author of other 70 heartwarming novels, Janice Maynard delivers a captivating story that begins when Cate Penland’s fiancé leaves her at the altar. When the heartbreak and humiliation set in, all she can think to do is run. Cate’s escape soon leads her right to her nemesis, Prescott “Harry” Harrington III. But this time around, he’s being oddly kind offering sympathy and his penthouse suite. Now, she’s even more confused than ever about which path to go down—and who it just might take her to.

Book cover for The Runaway Bride of Blosson Branch by Janice Maynard WW Book club

If you’ve missed previous WW Book Club picks, find them here:

WW Book Club for July 30 — August 5, 2023

WW Book Club for July 23 — July 29, 2023

WW Book Club for July 16 — July 21, 2023

WW Book Club for July 9 — July 15, 2023

WW Book Club for July 2 — July 8, 2023


A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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